Statement of Concern and Solidarity
The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas joins the entire Catholic Faithful and all men of goodwill in praying for the victims of the Jolo Cathedral bombing.
We mourn with and express our deep concern for the families of those who perished and those who were injured in this terroristic act. We also stand in solidarity with them and encourage all groups and communities who can extend help, to send them through trustworthy channels and organizations.
Let us not be afraid and together declare with confidence that our God is in control and that He will “set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship Him without fear.”
Though we strongly condemn this senseless act of violence done towards innocent and praying people, we also entrust the perpetrators of this bombing to the sacred heart of Jesus and His divine mercy.
Lastly, we appeal to our national leadership to avoid fostering an atmosphere of hatred and encourages the citizens to go against our Church pastors and instead call for sobriety, solidarity and mutual respect.
Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in you!
For the LAIKO Board of Directors,
Ma. Julieta F. Wasan, Ph.D.
January 29, 2019